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Jackson County reports 73 new cases of COVID-19

Jackson County reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, and Josephine County had 38 new cases, officials said.

Take note that the vaccine site at the Jackson County Expo Center will be closed Thursday through Sunday, as well as Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2022, because of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Regular hours for vaccinations at the Expo Center, located at 1 Peninger St., Central Point, are Monday through Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There were 31 new COVID-19 related deaths reported Wednesday in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,590. There were 1,197 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 409,232, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Across Oregon, 3,028,069 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,752,626 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series as of Wednesday.

All people in Oregon age 5 and older are eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine. Those age 16 and older are eligible for boosters six months after a Moderna or Pfizer two-dose vaccine series or two months after the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The vaccines — and subsequent boosters — provide protection against all COVID-19 variants. To find a vaccination location near you, visit https://getvaccinated.oregon.gov/#/

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon was 342 Wednesday, which is four more than Tuesday.

There are 87 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, which is two more than Tuesday. There are 59 available adult ICU beds out of 673 total, which is now a level of 9% availability, and 269 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,135, or a 7% availability.